The town of Barrington was founded in 1717 rather than 1770 as shown on the signs at the entrances to town. 1770 was the date of Barrington's refounding after 23 years as part of Warren, Rhode Island. The Town Calendar for 2017 displays the portrait of Viscount John Shute Barrington, for whom our town was named. Lord Barrington was a powerful English politician and theologian, and the brother of Samuel Shute, Governor of Massachusetts. The Calendar cover also includes a transcript of the November 18th, 1717, creation of "Barrington" by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
In November of 2015, a group of citizens urged the Town Council to form Barrington 300 to celebrate 300 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN BARRINGTON. In August of 2016, Barrington 300 was made a Town Administrative Committee and charged with creating a Calendar of Events. Barrington 300 is comprised of 50 volunteers with a Board and Advisory Committee, who will execute the year-long program.
This represents a unique opportunity to unite our community through the Celebration of its 300-year history with many town-wide activities. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Barrington. It offers a great opportunity for the community to learn about Barrington's heritage and participate in this Tricentennial Celebration!
Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, 2017
Discover the Alfred Drown, Maple Avenue,
Mathewson Road/Jenny’s Lane, Nayatt Road,
Old Barrington Village, and West Barrington neighborhoods.
Saturday 10:00-12:00 pm (Northern loop)
12:15-2:15 pm (Southern loop)
2:30-4:30 pm (Visit inside two 18th-c. homes and the White Church)
Sunday 12:00-2:00 pm (focus on Churches)
2:15-4:30 pm (Jenny’s Lane, Tyler Point and Hampden Meadows)
Space is limited. Please reserve a place on one of the 5 Historic Bus Tours by e-mail to email@example.com. There will be a charge for the bus tour. $10 will buy a button ($5.00 for under 16 and over 60), which is good for every bus tour.
Learn about part of Barrington’s heritage, made
possible by the contributions of some of the
people buried in Prince’s Hill Cemetery.
There are 5 different presentations, so join us for 1 or all 5 presentations and hear about:
Stories Beneath the Stones (Section A)
Founding Families & Preachers (Section B)
Home Sweet Final Home (Section C)
The PECK-ing Order (Section D)
Barrington’s Civil War legacy (Section E)
Saturday, June 17th, 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, June 18th, 12 pm to 4 pm.
This program is free and open to everyone!
We would be grateful for your support of the Barrington 300 Celebration.
The Barrington Preservation Society (BPS) has produced the book Barrington to salute our town on its Tricentennial. A pictorial history, Barrington is part of the "Images of America" series published by Arcadia Press. This major historical publishing house has produced town histories for nearby East Providence, Warren, and Bristol. Now it is time for Barrington, as part of the Barrington 300 Tricentennial Year.
Barrington includes a historical introduction by historian Van Edwards and eight chapters on Barrington's neighborhoods: Old Barrington Village and Hampden Meadows; Osamequin Farm and the Peck Estate; Nayatt, Rumstick, and Adams Points; Maple Avenue Neighborhood; Drownville and West Barrington; Bay Spring; Barrington Center; and Barrington Harbor. Authors Jean Doublas, Van Edwards, and Bonnie Warren have used their extensive knowledge to identify neighborhood buildings, landscapes, people, and events. Richard and Jane Donnelly edited the book. (coffee) will be available.
Copies of Barrington purchased at the BPS Museum, Barrington Public Library, or Barrington Town Hall, most directly benefit the Barrington Preservation Society. Copies will also be on sale at retail outlets in town.
Barrington (Arcadia Press, 2017) contains 128 pages (softcover) and 207 photographs. Cost, including Rhode Island Sales Tax, is $23.53. Starting on Wednesday, May 24, the book can be purchased by check (no credit cards or cash) at the following three locations:
Barrington Preservation Museum. Wednesday and Saturdays, 1-4 pm. (Also available for purchase via mail order from Barrington Preservation Society, P.O. Box 178, Barrington RI 02806)
$27.81 - Mail order within RI (includes $4 shipping and handling and RI sales tax).
$25.99 - Mail order outside RI: shipping and handling ($4), no sales tax
Barrington Town Hall (Town Clerk's Office). Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
Barrington Public Library (Circulation Desk). Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Fri-Sat 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Sun 1-5 pm.
Barrington 300 invites Sponsors for the Celebration of Barrington's 300th Birthday.This represents a unique opportunity to unite our community, and your sponsorship will help carry out the many town-wide activities. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Barrington. It offers a great opportunity to learn about Barrington's heritage. Please join us in this Tri-Centennial Celebration.
General Sponsorship - Click to download donation form
Level and benefits
Corporate Sponsorship - Click to download donation form
Level and benefits
Navigant Credit Union
Pamela and Robert Faulkner
Kimberly and Bradford Dimeo
Barbara and David Stonestreet
Judy and Frederick Blount
Mindy and Todd Blount
Eloise and Henry Collins
Stephanie and Van Edwards
Mary Alyce and Pat Gasbarro
Cecil Daunis Sartor and Didier Sartor
Debra Page-Trim and Lawrence Trim, Jr.
Barrington 300 1717-2017
P.O. Box 262
Barrington, RI 02806
Timeline Exhibit, Barrington Library, 1st Floor
Monday, May 1 - Friday, September 1, 2017
Town Arts Festival, Town Hall Lawn
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Heritage Weekend #1 - Townwide
Saturday, June 17 - Sunday, June 18, 2017
Hertage Weekend flyer - Please view attachment
Discover Beautiful Barrington - Please view attachment
Historic Prince's Hill Cemetery Tour - Please view attachment
Saturday, July 1 - Sunday, July 8, 2017
Sponsored by Barrington 300 and the Barrington Garden Club
Bicycle Tour - Townwide
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Beach Concerts - Barrington Town Beach
Townwide 24-hour Photo Contest
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Picnic, Pow Wow & Plummage in the Park: Norman Bird Sanctuary & Eastern Medicine Singers
Haines Park, Barrington
Saturday, August 12, 2017 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sponsored by Barrington 300 and the Bay Spring Community Center
Beach Concerts - Barrington Town Beach
Sidewalk Sale - Townwide
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Heritage Weekend #2 - Townwide
Saturday, September 16 - Sunday, September 17, 2017
Moonlight Tour - Sowams Woods
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
Barrington 300 Gala
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Rhode Island Country Club
“Future of Barrington” Forum - Town Hall
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm
300th Birthday Party - Town Hall
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm